100

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Director James Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd (both of whom co-wrote the script) demonstrate their storytelling virtuosity.
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100

Dallas Observer

By Luke Y. Thompson
The movie's scares are intense, but the notion that the Terminator would move on to politics is even more frightening.
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100

Variety

A blazing, cinematic comic book, full of virtuoso moviemaking, terrific momentum, solid performances and a compelling story.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

Kineticism and suspense, combined with strongly conceived characters....Made Cameron a talent to watch. [13 Jan 1995, p. 67]
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90

Empire

A tense, slickly executed thriller.
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90

Time

By Richard Corliss
Plenty of tech-noir savvy to keep infidels and action fans satisfied.[26 Nov 1984, p. 105]
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88

Premiere

A model of economic storytelling....It raised the bar for movie action to a bionic level. [1 Dec 2003, p.13]
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80

TV Guide

An amazingly effective picture that becomes doubly impressive when one considers its small budget.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
An efficient, cold-blooded sci-fi splatter movie that never makes the mistake of forgetting that on some level it is deeply ridiculous.
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70

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Schwarzenegger is presented as a lumbering slab of dumb, destructive strength--the image is more geological than human--and Cameron plays his crushing weightiness against the strangely light, almost graceful violence of the gunplay directed against him. The results have the air of a demented ballet.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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